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Please Segregate My Special Needs Child

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Inclusion is a wonderful idea, and should always be the goal whenever it is reasonable. But inclusion must not be treated as an inflexible ideology.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

Just One of the Girls

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

For all of Abby's 9 years, I admit that I have been a very protective parent. Even before we knew she had special needs, let alone a terminal illness, I found myself trying to protect her from actual and perceived dangers.

My Greatest Sorrow Is My Greatest Joy

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

She's dying. My 9-year-old daughter is dying. Today I can say it without crying, but not necessarily tomorrow.

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

The Difference Between Difficult and Hard

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

"Difficult" recalls the top of the mountain and all the self-satisfaction you will be rewarded with if you just persevere. "Hard" is that same mountain, only you're unsure of your footing, and the rocks are jagged and scrape your skin as you climb.

A Mother's Day Letter For A Special Needs Mom

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

This letter is for the Special Needs Mom, whose child is unable to write or say the words this Mom may long to hear.

For My Son, 6 Is All There Is

Leanna Cossman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Leanna Cossman

People accept an 8-year-old who still acts 6. They are just "young for their age." They will tolerate a 10-year-old who still acts 6 if the parent looks exhausted enough. But a 13-year-old who is still acting like a 6-year-old is a serious social problem. I know, because this child is my son.

10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

There's no way you'd spot us in a crowd. We don't have a secret handshake. But somehow special needs parents always manage to find each other. Maybe it's that unmistakable look of exhaustion and resolve many of us wear. Whatever it is, I've been part of this family for 20 years.

Let's Start at the Beginning

Noelle Sadler | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Noelle Sadler

There's something wrong with your baby's brain. This is never the kind of thing you want to hear, but getting the news first thing on a Monday morning before work was even harder.

Lisa Belkin

Gabe's Care Map: What It Really Takes To Care For One Boy With Special Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents

Cristin Lind couldn’t find the words, so she drew a picture. The artistic inspiration hit about a year ago, after she’d been asked to speak to...

riscilla Gilman on Embracing the Strengths of a Special Needs Child

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Harriet Cabelly

I always saw all the therapies and special support not as a race to fix or cure him, not as tools in an arsenal as if I was fighting a battle against autism, but rather, "I want to get to know my son better, I want to understand him so I can love him better and be a better mother to him."

Ann Brenoff

Her Path Was Forged By Her Special Child

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.17.2012 | Fifty

I'm in the place I was meant to be in. Because of Emily and the profound change that having a child with a disability has brought about in our lives, I have found what I was meant to do with my life.

The Three S's of Receptive Language: Simplify, Shorten and Show

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

Rather than the loudest-is-best approach, we need to understand why our message is unclear and use better methods to go about helping our children understand.

A Mother's Journey From 'What Ifs' to 'What Is'

Jennifer Peruso | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Peruso

It was agonizing to see his tiny body fighting so hard for survival. He could have fit in the palm of my hand, yet I wasn't allowed to hold him. I instantly knew his fight would become mine.

What Divorcing Parents Need To Know About Their Special Needs Kids

Sherri Donovan, Esq. | Posted 07.04.2012 | Divorce
Sherri Donovan, Esq.

Divorced or never-married co-parents of a special needs child may face additional and substantial challenges, especially when their child requires lifelong care and support.

An Autism Diagnosis Is Just The First -- But The Hardest -- Step

Amy Markoff Johnson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Amy Markoff Johnson

We'd come to see that this diagnosis wasn't a death sentence, or even a life sentence. It was an arrow pointing in the direction of understanding, of community, of information, and of resources to help individuals and families who need it.